Andrea Rossi is receiving a lot of questions on the Journal of Nuclear Physics about the third part reports on the Hot Cat. Rossi had stated in September that the third party reports would be out in October or November, hopefully sooner than later. Unfortunately, those reports have not surfaced.
In response to the flurry of questions on the subject, Rossi has replied:
“…we met serious problems that we had to resolve, which delayed the tests conclusion.”
On November 21st, Rossi announced that the 3rd party validations had been completed, and that the results were better than the July 16 tests. The July 16 tests were, by the way, extraordinary. The only issue with his Nov. 21st announcement was that the report would be published after peer review. This came as a surprise, since many people assumed the report would be released to the general public immediately, rather than having to go through an often lengthy and potentially biased peer review.
Then, Rossi said that there have been serious problems. Bernie Koppenhofer, a frequent poster to the JONP, asked Rossi:
“Could you tell us if these ‘problems’ were administrative (lawyers/accountants/contracts) or were the problems technical and part of the actual testing?”
Rossi’s reply was:
“Technical, during the tests.”
The problems, however, have been resolved. This sequence of events implies, to me, that while the results of the certification tests were even better than the previous tests, a serious problem emerged that needed to be rectified before the results would be released. Rossi said on his blog that the results are another 2 weeks away, which puts us at the middle of December for the release.
Honestly, with all the latest communication Rossi seemed open to offer on the Hot Cat, all the fuss about timing the public report seems a bit flurry. Sure, it’s disappointing that the tests were not released by November 30, but it seems obvious that while the tests were successful, there was a serious flaw detected that could change the outcome of the findings. They need another couple of weeks to analyze their findings, and to put it in writing. There is no subterfuge indicated, here.
This entire situation may be due to the fact that Rossi continues to invent and re-develop his E-Cats throughout the certification process.
On one hand, some may wish he would just “leave it alone” and let a good product proceed with certification, but this is not just a random minor invention. It is Andrea Rossi’s invention, using an emerging science. Considering that Rossi and the Leonardo Corp. have already safety certified the E-Cat plants, it’s safe to say that his way of conducting experiments and doing business is eventually reaching the large public, too.